The Ski Country Amateur Radio Club (SCARC) is a non-profit
501(c)(3) Colorado Corporation, based
in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The Club covers a
large portion of western Colorado, including
Garfield, Pitkin, and Eagle counties.
MARK THESE DATES . . .
WEEKLY EVENTS - Breakfast every Tuesday - 80 Meter Net every Thursday - 2 Meter Net every Sunday Click here for details.
CHRISTMAS PARTY DECEMBER 21 at 2:00 p.m. Save this date! It will be in the afternoon at the home of Bob (K9MWM) and Sue’s (N0DBY) house. Details to follow; we WILL have VE FCC License testing that day from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
CHECK OUT OUR BLOG . . .
ABOUT OUR BLOG Pete (N0ECT) set up a blog for our Club at http://K0RV.Wordpress.com
This is a great place to view and to post pictures, photos, articles, videos, whatever! To post content please contact Pete Buckley at SkierInAvon@Yahoo.com
NEWS FROM OUR CLUB . . .
UPDATES FROM BOB LUDKE AS OF OCTOBER 16 . . .
REPEATERS Snowmass #1 is working as a stand alone. After several resets, it appears the 450 link to Sunlight is down. Access is limited, therefore we will wait for the lifts to open. #2 Lookout appears to be down as well as the APRS node. Chuck suspects the power. We will wait a few days for the snow to melt and the road to dry a bit and make a trip up there. If anyone has a GE BF10Acabinet key, we need it! The rest of the system seems to be working. Rick (KB0AHR) installed the new Sunlight fan. Now the other fan has died. Rick has parts on order. Thanks Rick! ECHOLINK Our next project is to get Echolink back on the air. Ted (KE0TY) is building up a node for theclub. The cost is about $120 + antennas + a 12v power supply. Look for K0RV-R as thenew node on the Echolink list. A big thanks to Andre (N0SWE) for the many years of freesupport for Echolink/IRLP in the past. Ken (KB0HP) in Rifle will host the new node at his home. We will blast some email when it is up and running.
ANVIL POINTS Bob (KD0WQB) and Jim (KD0WAJ) will do an attempted run up to the Anvil Points repeater site this Friday. Snowmobiles? We will know soon. The batteries need topping off at the solar site as well as some old batteries need hauling out for recycling. Thanks guys!
RALLY THE VALLEY Thanks to all who provided ham radio communications support for the Cancer Center fundraiser on September 21. This is our second year helping out at this bike ride event. Everything went very smoothly, including the weather (it rained last year)!
Gerry Hittinger (N6HUQ) was Net Control and is pictured here. Spread over the course were Bryan Frank (N0THY), Ken Rahn (KB0HP), Leroy Snyder (KB0RCI), Richard Todd (K4ULD) and Joe Sprick (AD0CF).
NEW COOLING FAN INSTALLED AT SNOWMASS REPEATER SITE
On September 20, Ken and Betty Rahn and Gerry Hittinger drove to the Snowmass repeater site
and installed a new fan. Ken and Betty's four wheel drive jeep was a huge help on the rough terrain.
Gerry designed the new fan, which reverses the air
flow, sucking cool air in from outside and letting it blow into the room
through the vents in the closet. He removed the flapper on the dryer
type outlet on the outside of the building and replaced it with a piece
of screen ("mouse guard"!). They also installed a thermostat, now set to 80 degrees, which can easily be adjusted.
HAM TESTING AT THE SEPTEMBER MEETING VE Bob (K9MWM), Dave Rahn (KD0WQC) new Tech, VE Bryan (N0THY), VE Fred (K0VK), Brent Williams (KD0WAK) General upgrade,
Bob Glenn (KD0WQB) new Tech, and Jim Legg (KD0WAJ) General upgrade. Congratulations to all those who tested!
SUNLIGHT REPEATER SITE REFURBISHING
Many thanks to those who helped put new siding on our Sunlight repeater building. The before and after pictures show what a huge difference!
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL RIDE FOR THE CURE (8-17-13) (click here for pictures)
The first annual Susan G. Komen Aspen Ride for the Cure took place
in September, 2005, and SCARC was there. The City of Aspen Events
Coordinator worked with the Komen-Aspen organization to plan and
coordinate the Ride, and they contacted Joe Tuminaro, K6JFT, who
lived in Aspen, and asked him to coordinate the communications.
He set up a communications plan, and SCARC volunteers manned the
sag wagons and the aid stations. Joe soon moved back to
California, but Komen Aspen has continued to rely on SCARC for
Ride communications every year since.
We had 15 hams and 2 spouses volunteer this year: - Sue N0DBY and Bob K9MWM worked at Net Control - Sag Wagons were manned by:
Charles AC0UY accompanied by 4 year old Merrick - Aid Stations were manned by
Christine K0ALT and Mike
Richard K4ULD and Bridget
Thanks to all the above volunteers, the Ride went very smoothly.
Problems at aid stations were communicated and quickly addressed. Sag wagons and aid stations dealt with the few bike failures and
minor injuries speedily and
efficiently. We managed to account for all the Ride participants
and break down aid stations as the Ride progressed.
started at 7:30 AM, and the final rider arrived at the finish line
at Wagner Park by 5:30 PM, the earliest ever finish for the Ride. Komen Aspen has had a lot of personnel changes over the nine years
we've been helping with the Ride. But every year the Ride
coordinator has gratefully acknowledged our help in keeping the
riders safe and the Ride on target. Thanks again to all the
volunteers who helped this year. Hope to have even more
volunteers for future Rides.
ANTENNA REFURBISHING On
Tuesday, July 23, a group led by N0NHJ spent the day refurbishing the Snowmass
repeater installation in the Ski Patrol shack in the basement of the UP 4 Pizza
at the top of the Big Burn ski area at
The main 2M antenna was replaced, most of the cable connectors were
replaced with N connectors, and Polyphaser lightning arrestors were installed
on all the cables where they enter the
Hopefully, we now have
a more robust installation, more resistant to lightning strikes up there at the
top of Snowmass.
Interior of the building (Up 4 Pizza) with a view of the closet where our equipment is housed. Antenna cables with Polyphasers and 2M duplexer is shown.
FIELD DAY 2013 A GREAT SUCCESS! We all had a great time at Field Day this year; 47 people attended and our overall score was 6236
(as compared to 5858 in 2012).
Many thanks to everyone who helped with set-up,
take-down, food and working the stations
for 24 hours. Special
thanks to Prentice (K0VXP) for arranging to let us use such a beautiful venue
did we beat our 2012 score, but we also had the largest test session ever, with
7 individuals testing (see pictures below). Congratulations to all!
Field Day 2013
from Basalt (new Tech)
from Marble (new General)
Shechter from Aspen (new Tech)
Stearns from Eagle (new Tech)
FIELD DAY 2013
Williams from Parachute (new Tech)
Jim Legg from
Silt (new Tech)
MS WALK Thanks to Trish (N6SUM), Charles (AC0UY), Richard (K4ULD), LeRoy (KB0RCI) and Gerry (N6HUQ - not pictured) for providing communications support to the MS Walk in Glenwood Canyon on May 18. Despite rain showers, the event went off without a hitch!
THANK YOU TO PAT & DIANTHA! Many thanks for hosting our annual Foxhunt Potluck Party at your lovely home. As usual, a great time was had by all!
MAY 11 - NEW TECHS Congratulations to Carmen, Bob, Brian and Bill for passing their tech test at the Foxhunt Party.
MARCH 9, 2013 MEETING Thanks to Richard (K4ULD/G4ULD) for his program at the
March meeting. Pete (N0ECT) and Frank (N0AFO) did a great presentation on
"free"phone communication. Thanks to Larry (K0CL) and Steve
(K0GUZ) fortheir behind the scenes work securing a new contract with
one of our
tenants up at Sunlight. That rent helps the club
Thanks to all who worked on the Owl
Creek Chase in Aspen. Sue, N0DBY, was net
control. Many thanks to the
following for volunteering their time and equipment.
Steve (W0SRG), Clark (K3NI), Bill (N0MID), Debbie (KD0IRH), Rob (K0ALN), Charles (AC0UY), LeRoy (KB0RCI), Phil (N6VOD) and Bob (K9MWM).
CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Welcome to our new members, Ken Rahn (KB0HP) from Rifle, Tim Stull (KD0TKM) from McCoy and Pierre (AL70C) from Alaksa. We have two new Techs - Steve Legro (KD0UCU) & Dane Hilgenfeld (KD0UCV).
GOT MANUALS? We like to
keep Technician, General or Extra Class license manuals in circulation.
(k9mwm) constantly gets requests for them and it is nice to hand
rather than have someone wait or procrastinate in ordering one. Please
recent manuals to Bob (k9mwm).